Coates (Coates by Stow) is both a parish and a cluster of buildings about 9 miles south-east of Gainsborough, 9 miles north of the city of Lincoln and about 151 miles north of London. The parish itself is lies between two branches of the River Till, bordered on the north by Fillingham parish, on the west by Stow parish, and to the south by Ingham parish. The parish covered about 950 acres in 1842, later increased to just over 1,000 acres. The parish includes the hamlet of Bransby.
Coates was, in 1842, a single farm in the western Wolds. If you are planning a visit:
Take the A1500 trunk road east out of Marton. Pass thru Stow and when you cross the first branch of the River Till, you are in Coates parish.
In 1842, Mr. George MOTLEY occupied the farm, residing in the old hall which was formerly the seat of the BUTLER family. Mr. MOTLEY owned about 200 acres and the rest of the parish belonged to the executors of the late Sir John RAMSDEN.
In 1872, Mr. Oldham WALKER occupied the farm, but George MOTLEY still owned 200 acres. The rest of the parish was owned by Sir John William RAMSDEN, baronet.